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Switches - Stackable vs Trunking why one over the other

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Is there any reason in a small network (72 odd ethernet ports) to choose Trunking over Stacking of switches that support either method.

I am looking at replacing 3 Netgear FE Switches with 3 Netgear GB switches and have experience in setting up both trunking and stacking.

Why choose one over the other?

I am looking at the Netgear GS724TS which is L3 Managed and stackable via the 24 GB/s ports at the rear.  One benefit is if I add extra switches, the Netgear will update all devices to the latest version of Firmware from any device that has a later release.  I note also that with looping the stackable connections, it provides redundancy in the event a switch fails prevent other switches from being impacted.  Another benefit is the fact the stackng port is 24 GB/s whereas trunked linking consumes ports for each additional port assicgned to the trunk.

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